2019 is upon us, which means it’s officially Infinity Ward’s year to release a Call of Duty title, and job vacancies at the legendary studio can give us some clues as to what we can expect.
Multiple reports have all but confirmed that 2019 CoD will not be ‘Ghosts 2’, which likely leaves two options; Modern Warfare 4, or a brand new sub-franchise (we can’t imagine Activision would back an Infinite Warfare 2 release).
There are a lot more burning questions that fans have other than simply the name though; Will it be historical, futuristic or present day? Will there be specialists in multiplayer? Will there be a campaign mode?
Some of these questions can be answered by looking at Infinity Ward’s job listings, which describe an “unannounced AAA title” forthcoming from the Call of Duty devs.
Most interestingly however, many of the vacancies describe the title as “next gen” – indicating that the upcoming CoD will be available on whatever consoles Sony and Microsoft release next, as well as current systems.
In one listing, Infinity Ward say they are looking for an engineer to “drive the vision of what a true next-gen console can achieve”. In another listing, they say: “Come work with the game industry’s brightest on an exciting, unannounced next gen title.”
There are other things of note in these listings too, such as the mention of single player, which was conspicuously missing from 2018’s Call of Duty release from Treyarch, Black Ops 4.
The listing for ‘Associate game designer’ requires applicants to have a “broad understanding of both multiplayer and single player game design.”
Finally, there is a rather odd desire for a Senior Gameplay Animator who will “set a new bar for 3rd person player animation in a shooter.”
Perhaps there will be a refined 3rd person mode coming, or some 3rd person action during the single player campaign?
Call of Duty: WWII, the 2017 release from Sledgehammer Games, used 3rd person in the ‘Headquarters’ area, which acted as a sort of social hub between matches.
These job listings give us a small glimpse at what Infinity Ward are working on behind closed doors, but it won’t be until mid 2019 until we start getting some public information from the studio.